Non-Destructive Test and Evaluation

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Non-Destructive Test and Evaluation associate degree program gives you hands-on training for a good paying career - which just so happens to help make our world a safer place!

Whether you’re driving your car or boarding a plane, you probably aren’t thinking about the strength or structural integrity of the parts holding everything together. In much the same way as a dentist checks your teeth for fractures using x-rays and other tests, Non-Destructive Test Technicians, or NDT technicians, check parts and materials for defects, ensuring the parts are safe and structurally sound without destroying them.

NDT technicians inspect, test and evaluate materials, components or assemblies for flaws or differences in characteristics that may lead to failures. They play a critical role in ensuring our transportation, bridges, buildings and infrastructure are sound, helping to prevent accidents and potentially saving lives.

In LBCC’s NDT program, students get hands-on training with state-of-the-art equipment including ultrasonic phase array 3D imaging, radiography, penetrating dyes, magnetic particle inspection and visual inspection to find surface and sub-surface flaws and anomalies.

Industries that employ NDT technicians include:

  • Aerospace
  • Construction & infrastructure
  • Manufacturing
  • Transportation
  • Petrochemical
  • Power generation

The job outlook is good, with local career opportunities at industries such as ATI Cast Products, Selmet Inc., WestPro Labs and others. Graduates of this associate’s degree program will be Level I certified in accordance with the American Society for Nondestructive Testing standards, the world’s largest technical society for nondestructive testing professionals. Opportunities exist for NDT technicians who want to move up in the industry to a Level II or III technician.